What Is the AZ Window Tinting Law?
Tinted windows look cool and they make you cool. This has led many Arizona residents to darken their windshields. However, you can get pulled over if your windshield is too dark. Therefore, if you want to tint your windshield, you need to understand the Arizona Window Tinting Law. The law applies to every type of vehicle, but it does provide an easy way to deal with any citations you get. It all depends on where and how your windows were tinted. Please note that this law is subject to change, and the information provided here is only accurate to the date of this article. We will try to keep it up to date as much as possible, but we recommend that you talk to a window tinting professional to ensure compliance with the law. For now, here are the current regulations regarding tinting vehicle windows in Arizona.
Arizona Front Windows Tint Law
Despite what many people believe, Arizona does not have a single window tint law. Instead, it has individual regulations for each of your vehicle's windows, and it is stricter on what you can do with your windshield than it is with the others. For your front windshield, you can only use non-reflective tint, provided that it is above the manufacturer's AS-1 line. This tinting is called a visor strip, and it is the only place on your windshield you can tint. The only exceptions are medical. If you need to stay out of the sun for health reasons, you can file for a waiver with the Arizona Department of Transportation. No other exceptions are allowed for your front windshield.
Front Side Windows Tint Regulations
You have more freedom to do what you want with your other windows. While more lenient, the law still dictates what you can do with your side windows. For instance, your front side windows must allow more than 33% light through. You can also only have your front windows 35% reflective. Please note that your front side windows are the drivers and passenger side windows you use to look outside while driving.
Back Side and Rear Window Tinting
Arizona's Window Tinting Law only dictates that your rear and back side windows have 35% reflective tint. Other than that, you are free to make your rear windows as dark as you desire, though 5% is the darkest you can make your windows at most places. However, an officer can still pull you over if your rear tinted windows obstruct your view or distract you from your driving. Generally, this means that your back windows have lines, smudges, or bubbles, and not for how dark your windows are. You should note that you do need dual side mirrors to compensate for your dark rear window.
Color Window Tinting Law
Regardless of the window or level of tint, you cannot tint your windows with a red or amber color. This regulation is in addition to the other laws mentioned here.
Penalties for Violating the Arizona Window Tinting Law
If an officer thinks your front windows are too dark, he or she can stop you and issue a citation. Most officers will use a tint meter on your vehicle as well. This tint meter measures how much light passes through your window, providing the extent of your violation. Once the officerdetermines how dark your windows are, you will get your ticket.
Arizona has a 'fix it ticket" called the Equipment Repair Order. This means you only pay a small fine while providing proof that you fixed your vehicle to remove the violation. Thus, you must remove the tint on your windows, and then get a more compliant tint. Fortunately, most reputable shops will redo your tint for free if it was their work that caused the issue. Therefore, you should return to the dealership or shop that installed your windows if an officer does pull you over. You can then bring your vehicle and your receipts to the court to show that you corrected the problem. In many cases, the judge will waive your fine if you show compliance with the law. This does not mean all shops or the court will waive your fees, but they might be liement if this is your first citation. If you do not do this, you can pay a fine up to $250.
Please note that you do have a time limit on how soon you can fix your window tinting. Plus, fixing the tint to bring it back under the legal limit can void your warranty. Thus, you should try to keep your window tinting within the legal range the first time.
If you want to check to see if your windows are legal, or just want to get them tinted, contact our customer representatives today. Our technicians will work with you to keep your vehicle compliant with both state and federal laws. That way you can stay cool without worrying about a cop pulling you over on your way home from work.